Planned measures will not curb traffic

15th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 May 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Netherlands is headed for a serious traffic problem in and around the cities regardless of what measures are taken, according to a study by the ministry of housing, spatial planning and the environment (VROM).

15 May 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Netherlands is headed for a serious traffic problem in and around the cities regardless of what measures are taken, according to a study by the ministry of housing, spatial planning and the environment (VROM).

The road pricing scheme will not eliminate congestion. The roads will only get busier, according to the still confidential Survey on Spatial Expenditures, RTL Nieuws reports. The study focuses on the 2020-2040 period.

The traffic congestion on the motorways will become worse. The shortage of parking in the large cities will only increase.

The number of automobiles in the country is expected to grow rapidly, VROM says. The Netherlands currently has 6.5 million cars, in the most cautious scenario in the report a growth of 20 percent is expected, to 7.7 million, by 2040. The worst case scenario is a 50 percent increase to 12 million cars by 2040.

Growing prosperity and the ageing population will reportedly contribute to this growth in the number of vehicles. The new generation of elderly people drive a great deal more than the current generation. Train travel will not increase. That will also be a result of the ageing population since the elderly of the future will use the train less frequently.

The report also shows that air traffic will increase significantly as well. The number of passengers travelling through Schiphol will increase from 40 million in 2003 to 80 million in 2020, and then to more than 130 million in 2040. The main reason for this will be cheaper flights as a result of more competition.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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